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Why Expectant Parents Save the Umbilical Cord Blood

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The lifesaving power of a newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood and the regenerative healing potential of the umbilical cord tissue are now widely recognised. As stem cell research and treatments advance, more and more parents are motivated to save the umbilical cord blood of their newborn babies.

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The stem cells from the cord blood is currently used to treat over 85 medical conditions and have been used in 40,000 transplants worldwide. There are also more than 5 million families who have saved their baby's cord blood privately.

The reasons why expectant parents save the umbilical cord blood is varied, but here are the most common ones:

Therapies in Development

Current clinical trials are using stem cells found in the cord blood to treat medical conditions that cannot be predicted based on a family history of disease, like brain injury and acquired hearing loss. Cord blood stem cells can potentially treat more than 85 medical conditions and 40,000 cord blood transplants have been performed to date. For many parents, the future potential unknown of cord blood stem cells is a very compelling reason to save the umbilical cord blood after the birth of their baby.

Here are some incredible stem cell breakthroughs that may change the face of medicine as we know it in the coming years:

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Concern about Finding a Donor Match

Ethnic minorities and people of mixed race are at risk of not finding a match using a public bank. A newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells are 100% match to your child and there is a 25% chance of being a perfect match to siblings. Although family banking does not guarantee a match to other family members, when you save the umbilical cord blood for all your children, it increases the likelihood that they may be able to help each other.

History of Family Medical Condition

A newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood is used today to treat many life-threatening illnesses including leukemia, certain cancers and other blood, immune and metabolic disorders. Your baby's cord blood stem cells could be a valuable resource for your family.

Saving the cord blood after birth is a quick, safe and simple process done after the birth of a newborn, once the umbilical cord blood is clamped and cut.

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Want to learn more about saving the umbilical cord blood?

Speak to one of our cord blood banking specialists now at +971 4 3116613 or send us an email

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